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COCKROACHES POSE SERIOUS HEALTH CONCERNS

March 2nd, 2012

COCKROACHES POSE SERIOUS HEALTH CONCERNS

Though they have long been a pest that causes one of the strongest reactions when discovered in a home, cockroaches are more than just unwelcome houseguests. This pest poses severe health risks once indoors, especially as an asthma trigger in children. Bug Busters USA encourages homeowners to take preventative measures to protect their families and properties from the health threats associated with cockroaches.

“Many people consider cockroaches as merely a household nuisance, but this pest is a hidden danger in homes,” said Court Parker, Operating Officer at Bug Busters USA.  “They can also spread food-borne disease like Salmonella by picking up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies and can aggravate respiratory systems.”

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reports that cockroaches are known to spread 33 different kinds of bacteria, six parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. The saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies of cockroaches contain allergen proteins known to trigger allergies and increase the severity of asthma symptoms, especially in children.

Cockroaches prefer warm, moist places with available food sources, so eliminating those attractive environments can help prevent cockroach infestations.  Experts at the Bug Busters recommend the following steps homeowners can take to avoid cockroach infestations:

  • Seal cracks around the outside of the home to prevent pest entryways.
  • Properly ventilate basements and crawl spaces to eliminate harborage points.
  • Vacuum frequently and remove garbage from around the home on a routine basis.
  • Do not allow dirty dishes to accumulate in the sink and remain there overnight.
  • Keep food in the refrigerator or in containers with tight-fitting lids to prevent contamination.
  • Periodically check and clean the evaporation pan under the refrigerator or freezer.
  • If you suspect you have an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment.

For further information on rodents or if you have other questions related to your pest control needs, visit www.bugbustersusa.com

One Response to “COCKROACHES POSE SERIOUS HEALTH CONCERNS”

  1. Keith says:

    Great information to pass along to customers, asthma allergens including cockroach and I even think Bed Bug skins & feces can contribute to an unhealthy living environment. Good things to prevent infestations!!!

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